Artists’ Union England is a new trade union for professional visual and applied artists launched on the 1st of May 2014. We aim to represent artists at strategic decision-making levels and positively influence the role artists play within society. We aim to challenge the economic inequalities in the art world and to negotiate fair pay and better working conditions for artists. We aim to work with other unions, arts organisations, government bodies and cultural institutions whilst remaining both independent and transparent. We aim towards consensus decision-making, an active grass roots membership and involvement over a wide geographical spread.